Baltimore Orioles @ Houston Astros 9/20/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Baltimore Orioles (95-56) at Houston Astros (84-68)

Game Info: Wednesday, September 20th, 2023 at  2:10 p.m. EST (Minute Maid Park)

Betting Odds: Astros ML (-105) - Over/Under (9)

Pick: Astros ML (-105)

Wednesday afternoon takes us to the home of the defending World Series champions, where they will wrap up a three game series with the Baltimore Orioles. The Houston Astros are heating up at the right time and they will be looking to gear up for the postseason run as they try and defend their World Series championship against several other playoff teams this season. At the moment it is both Houston and Baltimore that have the top two spots in the American League in this as a potential ALCS matchup waiting in the wings so this game could easily be an early preview of that series.

The Houston Astros have had a couple of rough games against the Baltimore Orioles throughout the first two days of this three game series. As they have now lost two consecutive games to open up the series, and they will be looking to recover to avoid being swept by Baltimore in the third and final game here on Wednesday afternoon at home. Houston will be looking to gear up for the postseason run after having a rough start to the regular season but picking it up over the summer to put themselves at the top of the American League West division. 

That is a spot they still hold onto coming into the finale of this series on Wednesday afternoon, and they will be looking to keep the momentum rolling and put some more distance between themselves, the Seattle Mariners, and the Texas Rangers with a victory in the finale of the series on Wednesday. After back-to-back losses, they feel their already slim lead slipping away so every game from here on out feels like a must win game for the Houston Astros. They come into this game with a record of 84-68 through their first 152 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. 

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The Baltimore Orioles will be looking to pick up their third consecutive victory over the defending World Series champions here on Wednesday afternoon on the road. They have now picked up four consecutive victories on the season and they will be looking to make it five straight with a huge victory here on Wednesday as they look to take one step closer to clinching the American League East division. They will also be looking to clinch the best record in the American League and get themselves some much-needed rest before playing the ALDS against one of the winning teams from the opening playoff series. 

They come into this game with a record of 95-56 through their first 151 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season and they are closing in on finishing the season with one of the best records in all of baseball if they continue winning the way they have. They are a serious contender coming into the playoffs as they have a loaded lineup they can hit the ball all over the field and quality starting pitching that can shutdown any lineup in baseball. They will be looking to complete the three game sweep of the Houston Astros with another quality performance here on Wednesday afternoon on the road.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Houston is 76-55 without a day of rest this season

- Houston is 39-28 after a loss this season

- Houston is 61-52 as a favorite this season

With Cristian Javier getting the baseball for this game for the Houston Astros I think it gives them a huge advantage in the starting pitching matchup against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. I expect Houston to ride Javier to a victory here on Wednesday afternoon to close out this series against the team with the best record in the American League at the moment. As I look for him to limit the damage of a lethal Orioles lineup, and for the Houston lineup to do enough to help them pick up the victory.

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